Support for organ donation on the rise

Mayo Clinic

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ROCHESTER, MN — There are over 100,000 people in the U.S waiting for a kidney and nearly 16,000 waiting for a liver.

The good news for them is many people would be willing to donate theirs.

The Mayo Clinic conducted a survey to see how people’s opinion changed on donating one of their organs.

What they found was that compared to a 2001 study, the willingness to donate an organ to a stranger has nearly doubled.

“85 percent of people were willing to donate their kidneys or a part of their liver to a loved one but almost half were willing to donate to somebody that they didn’t know which we were really surprised by,” said Dr. Julie Heimbach, Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program.

What they learned is that many people are willing to donate but have not told their family or designated it on their license yet.

“Over 60 percent of the people say yes, they would like to be an organ donor, but only 50 percent had signed their organ donation card, so that highlights our need to work together to educate everybody,” Heimbach said.

She said that you do not have to renew your license to update your donor status. To find out more about donating visit Donate Life America.

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